Nyungne Fasting & Purification Retreat This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta. The essence of the Buddhist path is compassion. In this practice, which involves taking Mahayana precepts* joined with the practice of prostrations, we purify our mind fully by meditating extensively on compassion. Participants may engage in one or both days of the retreat, and must take precepts each morning they participate. Everyone is welcome to the special Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja on April 15, even if you have not engaged in the retreat. Cost: $5 per session; free for all members SCHEDULE Saturday, Apr. 14th: 7 - 8AM precepts 8 - 9:30AM session 1 10:30 - 12PM session 2 2 - 3:30PM session 3 Sunday, Apr. 15th: 7 - 8AM precepts 8 - 9:30AM session 1 2 - 3:30PM session 2 4:30 - 5:30PM session 3 6:30 - 8:15PM OSG (everyone is welcome to OSG even if you have not participated in the retreat) *The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta motivation – the supreme good heart. The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts – promising to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions: (1) killing, (2) stealing, (3) sexual activity, (4) lying, (5) taking intoxicants, (6) eating after lunch, (7) sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats, and (8) wearing ornaments, perfume, singing and dancing and so forth – and to keep them purely for this period of time.